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Alyse Kotyk is a Vancouver-based writer and editor with a passion for social justice and storytelling. She studied English Literature and Global Development at Queen's University and is excited by media that digs deep, asks questions and shares narratives. Alyse was the Editor of Servants Quarters and has written for the Queen's News Centre, Quietly Media and the Vancouver Observer. She was rabble's 2015-16 news intern.

Hundreds of climate activists fight by land and sea to break free from fossil fuels

Hundreds of climate activists fight by land and sea to break free from fossil fu
Over 800 Canadians, organized by Greenpeace and 350.org, took action outside a Kinder Morgan facility in Burnaby, B.C. as part of the international Break Free from Fossil Fuel movement.

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Climate activists surround Kinder Morgan facility by land and sea

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On Saturday, over 800 protesters organized by Greenpeace and 350.org surrounded Kinder Morgan facilities in Burnaby, B.C. to stand in solidarity with the international Break Free from Fossil Fuels movement.

"We have to change," protestor Ophelia Klaus told rabble.ca. "We're getting to a point where it's going to be hard to come back to where we were so we need to take action now."

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B.C. continues to neglect climate recommendations, favours LNG projects

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As Trudeau's Liberal government meets its six-month mark of being in office, climate group the Pembina Institute is calling for a clear, comprehensive climate change test for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects.

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University of Ottawa becomes first Canadian university to divest from fossil fuels

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On Monday, the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) became the first Canadian university to commit to fossil fuel divestment.

The decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors and included a mandate to develop a strategy for shifting investments in fossil fuels towards investments in alternative energy and clean technologies.

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Demands for change to Canada's immigration detention system mount in wake of deaths

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Nearly 80 detainees at Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario ended a hunger strike over the weekend that was initiated last Thursday April 21.

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Occupations of INAC offices continue in solidarity with Attawapiskat

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Update: According to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Government of Canada's official twitter page, INAC regional offices in Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg and Gatineau.

The #OccupyINAC group in Winnipeg has released an official statement which you can read here.


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Activists gear up for 'historic opportunity' to usher in proportional representation

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As the Liberal government begins to move forward on its election promise to change the way Canada votes, advocacy groups and non-profit organizations that have been tackling the issue of electoral reform long before the Liberals were sworn in last fall are ramping up their campaigns.

"We have a historic opportunity at the national level for voting reform," Jamie Biggar, Campaigns Director at Leadnow told rabble.

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How to combat Islamophobia in the media

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The media has a powerful ability to shape the way we view our world. In the midst of elections, international conflicts and refugee crises, Islamophobia has permeated our news cycle. 

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Homeless deaths in B.C. spike by 70% from previous year, report finds

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Last week, Megaphone Magazine -- Vancouver and Victoria's street magazine and low-barrier employment opportunity for individuals living in homelessness or poverty -- released a report on homeless deaths in the B.C.

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B.C. Supreme Court rules in favour of tent city residents

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After a three week wait, B.C. Supreme Court judge Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled in favour of Victoria's Super InTent City on Tuesday and refused to grant an injunction to the Province of B.C. to remove the camp's residents.

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